Yosemite Packing List

  • Sturdy Hiking boots, mid weight, lug-soled, above the ankle, waterproof and ideally well broken in Important note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size larger than your street shoes to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks (A)
  • Lightweight tennis shoes or Crocs®, for camp (A)
  • Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of your trip, plus an extra pair to sleep in. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, or similar padded socks (wearing thin liner socks under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!! (A)
  • Gaiters (A)
  • Sunhat or baseball cap and bandana (A)
  • Mosquito head net (A)
  • Warm hat and gloves, sherpa style hat and light-to-mid weight fleece or wool gloves (A)
  • Long underwear, one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight, example materials include capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc. (A)
  • T-shirt or nylon travel shirt (A)
  • Warm top, mid-weight shirt, sweater or pullover, also wicking material such as merino wool, fleece or polypropylene (A)
  • Fleece jacket or insulated coat, warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or coat insulated with a synthetic material (A)
  • Nylon pants and shorts, or zip-offs (A)
  • Bathing suit
  • Fleece pants (late-August and September only) (A)
  • Rainproof jacket and pant – Waterproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or coated nylon – with the pants look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your boots (A)
  • On Inn-based and Basecamp Trips Only: a small duffel bag or backpack with extra hiking clothes and casual clothes.
  • On Basecamp Trip Only: towel and wash cloth
  • Water bottles or bladder, 2 liters total capacity (A)
  • Camp pillow, lightweight, packable camp pillow (A)
  • Contact lenses and glasses if you wear contact lenses please also bring a pair of glasses – your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm (A)
  • Bug repellent, preferably a product containing at least 25% “DEET” (some people are sensitive to this product) (A)
  • Toiletries, and a small washcloth in stuff sack (bandana can serve as a washcloth) (A)
  • Headlamp, spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries) (A)
  • Camera, spare batteries (optional)
  • Notebook or paperback book, (optional)
  • Knee braces, if needed
  • Prescription medicine, please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
  • Vitamins, (optional)
  • Fly fishing gear, if you want to fish
  • Money, for tipping your trip leader (optional but appreciated, generally 10-15% of your trip cost based upon the quality of your experience)
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